Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Earrings of Madame de...

In 19th Century France, a pair of earrings makes their way from an indebted madam (Danielle Darrieux) to a pawnbroker back to her severe military husband (Charles Boyer) to his mistress and then a charming Italian diplomat (renowned Italian director Vittorio de Sica) before coming around full circle. Max Ophuls stylistic masterpiece is notable for its remarkable, almost unfathomable tracking shots, the performances of Darrieux, Boyer, and de Sica and a memorable ending.
*** 1/2 out of ****